HANGZHOU, Zhejiang – International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading automotive interiors supplier, celebrated the opening of a new plant in Hangzhou on July 14, according to an IAC news release.
Hangzhou is IAC’s 14th new location in China since 2006, bringing the total number of Asian locations to 29, including the company’s newly built regional headquarters in Shanghai in June 2014. Prior to Hangzhou, the company opened two manufacturing facilities in Changshu, China last October.
This new plant, which currently employs approximately 120 people, will serve as a dedicated center of expertise of compression-bonded cut, sew and wrap, which is devoted to the production of highly crafted automotive interior components like door panels, center consoles and armrests. Furthermore, as one of the industry’s leading materials engineering experts, IAC produces a wide range of premium cut-and-sew products, including leather, simulated leather and various cloth solutions featuring an array of custom stitch patterns.
The new Hangzhou plant is located strategically near the logistics system hub and OEMs’ assembly plants. It covers an area of 78,989 square feet with engineering and administrative departments occupying 13,000 square feet to utilize its strategic location.
“Our new manufacturing plant in Hangzhou will join 20 other IAC cut-and-sew plants on four continents, all of which are in place to refine the quality of automotive interiors to better serve OEMs’ needs,” said Brian Pour, senior vice president of IAC North Asia region. “The inauguration of this new manufacturing operation in Hangzhou is an example demonstrating our desire to implement the vertical integration strategy, which enables IAC to outshine the others in the fierce competition.”